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Picnic Recipes | 11 Thirst-Quenching Drinks

Having cooked lots of fantastic food for your picnic (or garden party), don’t let the deliciousness down when it comes to the drinks! I’ve pulled together a collection of perfect thirst-quenchers that fit the bill. Banana Lychee Lassi adds an exotic fruit combination to the classic Indian yoghurt drink. Blood Orange Squash is a grown ... Read more »

Coffee Gator’s Pour Over Coffee Brewer & Canister

Coffee Gator pour over and canister

Coffee Gator produce a range of beautiful looking coffee accessories, with glass and brushed chrome blended with smart design features. The brand launched in 2015, created by coffee enthusiast Phil Williams. Even their coffee canisters are stylish bits of kit, with some considerable improvements over my re-purposed jam jar. Not only is each canister generously sized, ... Read more »

The Way of Whisky by Dave Broom | A Journey Around Japanese Whisky

Book cover for The Way of Whisky Dave Broom

There are whisky books which seek to list every whisky in a given category, or give you a tick-list of X whiskies that you must “try before you die”. This is not such a book. Instead, The Way of Whisky by Dave Broom is a large and detailed exploration of nine Japanese distilleries and while ... Read more »

A Taste of Alentejo | The Gastronomic Soul of Portugal

‘Ask any Portuguese and they’ll agree – Alentejo is the gastronomic soul of Portugal!‘ So said our guide Ruben as we set off on our taster tour of the region. But since he’s also the Communication Manager for the region’s tourism promotion agency, I took his words with a pinch of salt, categorising them as ... Read more »

Snapshots of Japan | American Craft Beer at Yokohama’s Antenna America

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The advantage of meeting up with friends in Japan is that they can guide us to the best places for food and drink, none more so than food and drink journalist Robb Satterwhite, also the founder of Animal Cafes, Bento.com (restaurant guide), Craft Beer Bars Japan, and Where in Tokyo. Although we’re usually keen to seek ... Read more »

Golden Kiwifruit, Pineapple & Turmeric Smoothie Recipe

Golden Kiwifruit, Pineapple & Turmeric Smoothie Recipe

This post contains affiliate links. I love kiwifruit! Although native to China, the kiwifruit is most strongly associated with New Zealand. New Zealanders were the first to grow the fruit commercially, after its cultivation was brought across from China a little over a century ago. Indeed, the name most of us know the fruit by ... Read more »

Hyper Japan 2017 | The Sake Experience

HyperJapan is a hotly anticipated diary event for lovers of Japanese pop culture across the UK.    The show features the latest in gaming and anime (including some of the latest technology such as VR and handroid) and in cosplay and fashion (including kawaii, character clothing and all manner of clothing and accessories). Additional stalls ... Read more »

A Taste For… Matcha

The method of grinding tea leaves into a powder originated in China during the Song Dynasty (960-1279), but fell out of favour in the centuries to follow. It was not until the practice reached Japan by way of Zen Buddhist monks that it developed into the drink we know today. Image courtesy of Japan Centre ... Read more »